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  • #62399
    GSPmad
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    Used to get this read to me at night when I was about 2.  ;D

    A SMUGGLER’S SONG
    BY
    Joseph Rudyard Kipling

    If you wake at midnight, and hear a horse’s feet,
    Don’t go drawing back the blind, or looking in the street.
    Them that asks no questions isn’t told a lie,
    Watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!
          Five and twenty ponies,
          Trotting through the dark–
          Brandy for the Parson,
          ‘Baccy for the Clerk;
          Laces for a lady, letters for a spy,
    And watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!

    Running round the woodlump if you chance to find
    Little barrels, roped and tarred, all full of brandy-wine,
    Don’t you shout to come and look, nor use ’em for your play.
    Put the brishwood back again–and they’ll be gone next day!

    If you see the stable-door setting open wide;
    If you see a tired horse lying down inside;
    If your mother mends a coat cut about and tore;
    If the lining’s wet and warm–don’t you ask no more!

    If you meet King George’s men, dressed in blue and red,
    You be careful what you say, and mindful what is said.
    If they call you ‘pretty maid,’ and chuck you ‘neath the chin.
    Don’t you tell where no one is, nor yet where no one’s been!

    Knocks and footsteps round the house–whistles after dark–
    You’ve no call for running out till the house-dogs bark.
    Trusty’s here, and Pinchers here, and see how dumb they lie–
    They don’t fret to follow when the Gentlemen go by!

    If you do as you’ve been told, ‘likely there’s a chance,
    You’ll be give a dainty doll, all the way from France,
    With a cap of Valenciennes, and a velvet hood–
    A present from the Gentlemen, along o’ being good!
          Five and twenty ponies,
          Trotting through the dark–
          Brandy for the Parson,
          ‘Baccy for the Clerk.
    Them that asks no questions isn’t told a lie–
    Watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!

    #113945
    kizkiznobite
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    i love kiplings writings…my fave poem of his is ‘IF…’

    remember learning ‘the power of the dog’ for a school reading when i was about 11 and had just lost the first dog that had been all mine  :'(

    and all cat lovers should read the cat that walked by himself from the just so stories  🙂

    and the jungle books…the real jungle books….i always wanted a mongoose after reading rikki tikki tavi  😀 😀

    #113946
    GSPmad
    Member

    [quote author=kizkiznobite link=topic=12780.msg246693#msg246693 date=1224829070]
    i love kiplings writings…my fave poem of his is ‘IF…’

    remember learning ‘the power of the dog’ for a school reading when i was about 11 and had just lost the first dog that had been all mine  :'(

    and all cat lovers should read the cat that walked by himself from the just so stories  🙂

    and the jungle books…the real jungle books….i always wanted a mongoose after reading rikki tikki tavi  😀 😀
    [/quote]

    i am the cat that walks by himself and all places are alike to me.  🙂

    i loved rikki tikki tavi – am sure my grandmother said they had a mongoose that came in while they were out in africa….  :-\

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